Lactation cookies are known to be efficient to increase the milk supply of breastfeeding mums.
This is probably because they contain lactogenic ingredients (also called galactogogues).
- Brewer's yeast (probably the most important one!)
- Coconut oil
- Sesame seeds
The term "galactogues" comes Greek terms galact-" meaning milk, and "-ogogue" meaning leading to or promoting).
There is no scientific evidence about those ingredients increasing milk, and the best way to increase milk supply is probably by supply and demand. I am certainly not suggesting that those lactation cookies are the solution or that they will work for everyone. Those cookies contain healthy ingredients, and it happens to work for some women. And if they don't work, then it will certainly give lots of good nutrients for the production of the milk.
If you have concerns about your milk supply, please contact your doctor, a lactation consultant or contact someone from the Australian Breastfeeding Association. Their website contains useful information : http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/
140g rolled oats
20g coconut flour
2 tbsp LSA
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp brewer's yeast
170g homemade apple puree
40 ml coconut oil (melted)
1 large egg
2 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp fenugreek seeds (optional)
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp Tahini
50g pitted cherries or 70g of cranberries
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg and then add the coconut oil (melted), honey, tahini and apple puree.
Then, stir in the oats, cinnamon, baking powder, fenugreek seeds (optional), LSA, linseed meal, sesame seeds, cherries (or cranberries), brewer's yeast, cinnamon, ginger and baking powder.
Combine all ingredients together
Roll the mixture into balls and press them flat to make biscuit round shape.
Line them on a baking tray with baking paper, spacing them about 5 cm apart.
Bake them for 25 minutes
Remove from the oven and set aside to cool
You can store them in a airtight container for few weeks.
- Fenugreek: Fenugreek use is not recommended during pregnancy
- Brewers yeast: This is not the same as bakers yeast or nutritional yeast.